The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Liberty Global PLC LiLAC Class C (NASDAQ:LILAK).
Is Liberty Global PLC LiLAC Class C (NASDAQ:LILAK) a healthy stock for your portfolio? The smart money seems to be getting less bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets declined by 19 during the third quarter and the company was included in the equity portfolios of 43 funds from our database at the end of September. However, the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD), Wipro Limited (ADR) (NYSE:WIT), and Liberty Global PLC LiLAC Class A (NASDAQ:LILA) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s check out the new action surrounding Liberty Global PLC LiLAC Class C (NASDAQ:LILAK).
How are hedge funds trading Liberty Global PLC LiLAC Class C (NASDAQ:LILAK)?
At the end of September, a total of 43 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by 31% from the end of the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Eagle Capital Management, led by Boykin Curry, holds the biggest position in Liberty Global PLC LiLAC Class C (NASDAQ:LILAK). Eagle Capital Management has a $154.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital, which holds a $112.5 million position; 1.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions include John H. Scully’s SPO Advisory Corp, Jeffrey Tannenbaum’s Fir Tree and J Kevin Kenny Jr’s Emerging Sovereign Group.